January 17, 2014

Good evening,


I survived this week’s Certified Crop Adviser classes and passed my practice exam.  Do you know young people involved in the dairy industry?  The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit has their scholarship and princess applications available now.  The due date to apply is February 7.  See the attached news release and applications for further information.

Dairy scholarship Application

Dairy Scholarship Princess Applications News Release

Upcoming events include Hardin County Pork Producers directors’ meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 at the Ag Credit office.  They will be discussing the fair in review and upcoming banquet plans.  The Hardin County Ag Hall of Fame committee is meeting Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 pm at the Extension office.  They will be doing a wrap-up on the 2013 banquet and beginning plans for 2014.


The Wyandot Agronomy Day is January 23 at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds.  This event will be held in the Masters Building on the fairgrounds located at 10171 State Route 53, Upper Sandusky.  The program begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm.  Several speakers are planned for the day on such topics as Agronomic Crops Insects, Fumigation and Grain Storage, Precision Ag, Using Solar Power, Minimizing Drift Potential, Spotted Wing Drosophila, Soybean Weed Control, etc.  For more information, see the attached document.

2014 Wyandot Agronomy Day

I have included other articles and information below that you may be interested in reading.








AgrAbility Workshop—I’m Not as Young as I Used to Be! –Friday, January 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Hancock Co. Senior Center –  339 E. Melrose Ave., Findlay, OH 45840

Topics: Safety for older farmers/gardeners, Assistive technology used for farms & gardening; tricks of the trade for aging limitations. Contact: Ed Lentz 419-422-3851 or lentz.38@osu.edu.  For more information, see the attached article on the AgrAbility workshop.

AgrAbility Workshop Courier





Ohio Beef Cattle School Begins January 28 – John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator

Cattlemen looking for timely production information to better prepare themselves for a profitable future in the beef industry are invited to participate in the 2014 Ohio Beef Cattle School. The first session of this three session school is rapidly approaching on January 28, 2014 and will address “Improving Breeding Herd Efficiencies.”  Go to http://beef.osu.edu/beef/beefJan1514.html to continue reading this article for Ohio Beef School locations as well as other beef articles.






Communication: A Major Weapon Against PEDV – Pork Checkoff Report

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has spread to more than 20 states so far on its way across the country. However, efforts to track and contain the disease are definitely helped by producers talking with their veterinarians and their farm neighbors about any change in PEDV status and efforts to prevent the virus’ spread.  Go to http://www.pork.org/News/4495/CommunicationAMajorWeaponagainstPEDV.aspx?utm_source=PEDV_Update&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Communication_story&utm_campaign=Vol_2_No_1 to continue reading this important article on PEDV.






Did that Cold Spell Cause Significant Mortality to Field Crop Insect Pests?  –  Ron Hammond, Andy Michel

Normally we have always said that Ohio seldom gets cold enough to be a factor in causing significant mortality during the winter months.  However, the severe cold spell last week does have the potential to change this, at least for those pests that overwinter in Ohio.  A good example of what can happen occurred during a similar cold spell in 1983 that caused significant mortality to the Mexican bean beetle, which killed off our state-wide problem that was beginning to occur in soybeans.  Go to http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2014/2014-02/did-that-cold-spell-cause-significant-mortality-to-field-crop-insect-pests to find out more on the effect of cold weather on crop insect pests.






Sheep and Goat Webinar Series – Monday evenings: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014 – Hardin County Extension Office7:00 – 9:00 pm

Sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, OSU Sheep Team and OSU Extension.  See the attached 2014 Sheep and Goat Webinars document for topics and other information about this upcoming series.  Please call the Hardin County Extension Office at 419-674-2297 or respond to this email if you plan to attend one or all of these programs so that we can provide for those who plan to participate.

2014 Sheep and Goat Webinars




Mark A. Badertscher

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

OSU Extension Hardin County

1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, OH 43326

419-674-2297 Office



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